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8 home issues your insurer doesn’t cover

June 20, 2011

You won’t believe this, but my house was hit by lightning — twice.

I know this isn’t supposed to happen. Fortunately nobody was hurt and the house didn’t burn down. Yet I think a deity (maybe Thor or Zeus) was reminding me to check my insurance coverage and install lightning rods.

Prepaid tuition plans: Sprint to lock in 2011 rates

June 17, 2011

If you’re looking for another way to diversify your child’s 529 college savings plan, sprint to the finish; you have two weeks left to consider locking in prepaid tuition at 2011 rates.

50+ job seeker? Tweet your way to a new career

June 17, 2011

Most older job hunters are comfortable with basic business technology— computers, the Web, email and smart phones. But we still have some Luddites out there – you know who you are – trying to squeak by, hoping to finish their working years without getting fluent in technology.

After the housing bust, what’s next?

June 17, 2011

Beyond the double-dip U.S. housing recession, is there a future for the American home market? What I see emerging as growth magnets are established city enclaves and “new urbanist” communities that resemble old-style neighborhoods without the sprawl. They are close to public transportation, walkable and loaded with culture and amenities. They personify the new American dream.

Will ING customers stay happy with CapOne accounts?

June 16, 2011

ING Direct customers seem to love their online-only bank, and reports that it may soon be taken over by Capital One Financial Corp. have a few of them worried.

Data breach overload: Is it time for a new law?

June 16, 2011

Sony, Citigroup, Michael’s stores, Epsilon, Massachusetts unemployment recipients, Texas state retirees, etc., etc.  Data breaches this year have affected hundreds of millions of accounts of all stripes and it might just be time for a new law.

“Help! Our executor cost us $129,000″

June 16, 2011

“Can you do a story on a relative’s choice of executor and how it may impact beneficiaries when the relative dies? My relative chose an outsider, a surprise to me and another relative, and he cost us $104,000. The additional hitch: He was a retired financial adviser and THEN he took $25,000 for executing a relatively simple estate. I lose sleep over this, want to warn other boomers and very much want to tell my story. I’m still beyond angry. Best, Stephanie Stephen, fellow journalist.”

Are cellphone payments safe?

June 16, 2011

Shoppers are increasingly depending on their mobile devices to act like credit cards, and that means cellphone carriers should start acting more like credit card companies when it comes to fraud and error protection, says a leading consumer advocate.

Is the man-cession finally over?

June 16, 2011

Good news, lads: things are finally looking up on the job front.

After taking a beating in the labor market during the financial crisis  — 5.2 million men saw their jobs evaporate between November 2007 and December 2009, compared to only 1.9 million for women — the tide is finally turning.

Will Congress slash your 401(k) tax break?

June 16, 2011

Is Congress getting ready to slash the tax deduction on retirement saving?

The deductions on IRAs and 401(k) contributions is one of the deficit reduction options known in Washington as “tax expenditures” — that is, revenue the government foregoes through deductions, exclusions or exemptions. Overall tax expenditures — which also include deductions for big-ticket items such as mortgage interest and employer health plans – are worth more than $1 trillion a year.